QUEEN'S PARK — Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates called for a end to a Ontario Workplace Safety Board (WSIB) program that rewards companies convicted of health and safety violations.
Sudbury—Today I am making an announcement that I am sure will be a huge surprise to the community. After much reflection and thought, I have decided to resign my position as a Sudbury MPP as of end of day today.
I have been asked several times in the past how I was able to balance my public obligations as a City Councilor with my family life. Even though it was difficult to do, I was able to be there for my young children, wife and extended family while still serving my community with complete dedication. Unfortunately the pendulum has swung too far to one side in the last several months. Simply, for my personal health wellness, and more importantly the well being of my family I must resign my seat in the Provincial Legislature.
Queen’s Park – “It is with great sadness that I have received Joe Cimino’s resignation as the Member for Sudbury. I know this is a tough decision, but Joe is doing what’s best for his personal health and well-being of his family. He’s been a valuable member of our caucus, a local champion for his community, and is a dedicated husband and father to two young daughters.
On behalf of our entire caucus, I want to thank Joe for all his hard work and support, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”
Today, Ontario New Democrats were able to pass a motion calling on Ontario to support a universal plan for $15 per day childcare. The leadership of Ontario New Democrats has ensured that Ontario officially endorsesthe $15 a day child care plan put forward by Tom Mulcair and the federal NDP.
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath received a resounding endorsement of 77% from party delegates, increasing on her 2012 result, as she delivered a bold plan for strengthening healthcare, improving childcare and protecting the environment.
“I’m grateful for today’s vote of confidence and the continuing trust of my party as we move forward together in our determination to build a fairer and more progressive Ontario.”
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s excited about this weekend’s provincial convention as party members from across the province come together to map out a path forward for the party.
“This weekend, New Democrats from across Ontario will debate issues, share ideas, talk about the future of our party and chart a way forward to building a better province,” said Horwath. “Party members play an important role in shaping the direction of the Ontario NDP. This convention will be a launching pad for the next four years as we put forward a vision for a more inclusive and progressive province.”